Tue, 15 Jan 2019

Ticket Sales for Rugby World Cup 2019 Set to Begin

Following record demand across the 2018 ticket ballot phases for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, the first-come-first-served ticket sales are set to begin.

Ticket sales will take place via a two-stage process with an exclusive opportunity for applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2018 sales ballots commencing on 15 January and sales to the general public following on 19 January.

Ticket availability across the tournament remains limited following record sales throughout the 2018 ballots. While there is still reasonable availability for certain pool matches, tickets for the most popular matches remain extremely limited. These include all knockout stage matches and pool matches featuring the host nation Japan, defending champions New Zealand, as well as Ireland and England.

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Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee CEO, Akira Shimazu, said, “With less than 250 days to go before Asia’s first Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, it’s incredibly exciting to see the phenomenal response from rugby fans here in Japan and from across the world. The huge demand for tickets points to Rugby World Cup 2019 being a truly special tournament. For anybody considering buying tickets for matches that still have availability I suggest you move as quickly as possible when first-come-first-served sales begin. The huge demand from domestic rugby fans unable to secure tickets for Japan matches will spread quickly to the tournament’s remaining matches. There are still some great tickets available and we want to ensure that we welcome as many foreign fans as possible for this once-in-a-lifetime tournament.”

Those unable to secure tickets in the January sales window should be aware that limited quantities of Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets will be periodically made available for sale across 2019 as new ticket inventory becomes available.

These tickets will be a mixture of seats released from ongoing venue planning and configuration, handbacks from the tournament's commercial programme and unions, and tickets that have been registered for official resale by fans who can no longer attend matches.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, said, “Rugby World Cup is proving to be the event to attend in 2019 with record ticket applications. The incredible demand for tickets demonstrates that Asia’s first Rugby World Cup has truly captured the imagination of fans around the world. It will be a tournament that has fans and teams at heart, celebrates rugby and Japan and will further the reach and growth of the sport across Asia and around the world.”

The two-stage process in the January sales window is designed to give priority to applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2018 ticket sales ballots.

 Stage 1: Exclusive sales for unsuccessful ballot applicants begin 20:19 Japan Standard Time (JST) on Tuesday, 15 January until 23:59 (JST) on Thursday, 17 January 2019. The ticketing site will also close for essential maintenance between 01:00 and 05:30 (JST) on Wednesday, 16 January 2019.

 Stage 2: General sales begin 10:00 (JST) Saturday, 19 January until 23:59 (JST) Sunday, 31 March 2019.

With extremely limited availability for certain matches, fans are being encouraged to use the real-time ticket availability indicator on the ticketing website to give themselves the best opportunity to secure Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets.

Another option for fans looking to secure match tickets is through the Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Supporter Tour and Hospitality programmes.

When purchasing tickets, fans will be able to opt-in and donate to the ChildFund Pass It Back programme. In partnership with World Rugby’s Impact Beyond programme, Pass It Back inspires positive social change through the delivery of an integrated life-skills and non-contact tag rugby curriculum, educating children and young people in areas of leadership, problem-solving, gender equality, conflict resolution and life preparation.

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